Yesterday we celebrated Christmas a couple hours away with my fiance's mom's side of the family. It was great food and relaxing times...we attempted to play the Game of War with playing cards with 9 people and multiple decks. I was in the top 3 when we had to stop because it was time to leave. I hadn't played that in years...fun memories of playing with my dear grandpa and grandmas.
After returning home, we immediately went to a Christmas/holiday party at a friend's dad's house and it was awesome to see old friends and meet a few new people too. It felt so good to reconnect, as a few of the people I have known for about 10 years. It's comfortable-there's no need to explain my past or having it be awkward or if it comes up-ending up talking about it for the rest of the night. They knew me bald-all 3 times-and they know me for me...and 2 of them have lost parents to cancer and 1 of their moms is a cancer survivor. And Gabe was there the whole time and they all get along so well and it was just...lovely. No drama, just fun.
I also will have some more touches of Christmas tonight. As per tradition, my Dad has mapped out the whole city and where the best Christmas light displays are. He watches the news and papers and by word of mouth, finds where these houses/neighborhoods and occasionally commercialized places are. We usually do it on Christmas day but that did not work out this year for various reasons. I am looking forward to tonight...cuddling up in the back seat of the car with a blanket and looking out the window at the lights-a touch of innocence returning as I usually feel like a little girl again...before cancer and all of this. A touch of the Christmas spirit which I haven't felt much of this year. This is what I hope tonight will bring...
Today, I am grateful for: friends, family, life and God.